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INTERTRAFFIC EXCLUSIVE: European Truck Platooning Challenge reaches Rotterdam

Attendees at Intertraffic Amsterdam are eagerly following the progress of the European Truck Platooning Challenge, which today (April 6) reached Rotterdam, and is due in the Dutch capital tonight. The platoons arrived in their scheduled destination, Rotterdam, earlier this afternoon, and they are now traveling to the Intertraffic event itself.

After driving on various routes, with a safe distance of 50ft (15m) between each truck at high speed, the platoons reached the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands today (April 6) at about 12:30pm. Following a lively reception from the excited Rotterdam crowd, the trucks are continuing their journey to Amsterdam RAI, the Intertraffic venue, and are expected to arrive this evening.

The Challenge has seen five European countries – Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands – send platoons of semi-autonomous trucks using connected vehicle technologies, from their starting points across Europe to the Netherlands. “Getting more platoons on the road isn’t difficult – where there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Ab Elmelwoumi (below) of RDW, the Dutch public service company overseeing the Challenge.

“The European Truck Platooning Challenge is a pilot and the companies taking part each used different technologies within their platoons – and that’s the problem. In order for platooning to be successful in the future, organizations must cooperate, share data and move to using one standard system.”

To see a 'live' video of the truck platoons arriving in Rotterdam click here.

April 6, 2016

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